About Africa 2000 Network – Uganda

Africa 2000 Network -Uganda (A2N Uganda) is one of the top leading indigenous Non-Governmental organizations in Uganda with over 30 years’ experience in mobilizing, organizing and building the capacity of grassroots small and medium scale farming communities to practice sustainable agriculture as a means to secure their food security and livelihoods

Africa 2000 Network (A2N) was conceived in 1986 at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Special Session on the Critical Economic Situation in Africa. It was a project initiated and supported by the United Nations Development Program in 13 African Countries (in East, Central and West Africa) to support community based projects aimed at environmental protection and promotion of ecologically sustainable development for improved livelihoods. Africa 2000 Network started operating in Uganda in 1990 and piloted direct implementation of grassroots projects in the area of sustainable agriculture.

The project was very successful and after an end of project evaluation it was considered appropriate that A2N be established as legal entity whose main objective was to consolidate the achievements of the project through continued mobilisation of grassroots farming communities in Uganda. 

Consequently, the project metamorphosed into a National Non-Governmental Organisation in the year 2000, which was formally registered as A2N Uganda in January 2002 with the Ministry of Justice as a company limited by guarantee without share capita (Cert. # 51522) and the NGO Board as a Non-Governmental Organisation (Cert. # S5914/3754) that is independent of the UNDP system. 

Over the years of its existence the A2N Uganda has maintained the original philosophy and implementation modality as envisaged by the 1986 General Assembly, which ensures direct involvement of grassroots farmers in processes of development and transformation of their communities, rooted in agriculture.



A2N is a membership organisation and Membership is by invitation. The General Assembly (GA) comprised by the members is the supreme governing organ of A2N Uganda. 

The GA elects a Board of Directors (BoD) every three years. The BoD provides strategic direction to the organisation and supervises management. 

Management is headed by an Executive Director who is an ex officio on the Board and reports to the Board.

Our programme (what we do/focus on)

A2N Uganda has a five-year strategic planning cycle Our current strategic plan (2022-26) seeks to supporting small and medium scale farming communities to transform themselves from subsistence to Market-focused production.

Our Vision

Food and income secure small and medium scale farming households”


“To foster sustainable and productive agricultural, food and environmental systems among       small and medium scale farming households in Uganda”

Development objective (2022-2026)

“To improve agricultural production and productivity for the market”

Our values

  • Integrity
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Team work
  • Respect for human dignity

Where we work

A2N Uganda is a national NGO with mandate to operate in all areas of Uganda.

How we work

(Additional information is on our approaches to service delivery)

A2N-Uganda uses various strategies to productively engage with the small and medium scale farmers, these include:

Integrated farm planning (PIP)/Participatory Development Management (PDM)- whereby farming communities are empowered to determine their development aspirations and the kind of interventions and activities to undertake by themselves and with others to achieve those aspirations. The lower level development plans right from the household inform and provide the building blocks of the next community level development plan up to the district and so on.

Integration of livelihood improvement interventions to attain food security and income generation. Interrelationships between nutrition and health, soils and production, livestock and crops, literacy and wealthy creation are emphasized to attain visible impact on the livelihoods of the participating communities.

Mainstreaming cross-cutting issues.

Gender relations: In all interventions by A2N-Uganda, gender analyses are made and appropriate actions undertaken to ensure equity and harmony between the different sexes. This enhances full human potential harnessing for prolific change. We use Gender Action Learning systems (GALS) and other proven strategies to promote equity and equality through all our development work

The environment: The environment as a medium for sustainable production is always at the centre of our intervention to ensure low external inputs sustainable agriculture with increased yields due to effective nutrients recycling and balancing. A2N has expanded its interventions (personal and environmental hygiene and sanitation –WASH-as well as use of integrated soil fertility management technologies and practices) at household and community levels to encompass watershed and landscape conservation and restoration/regeneration. Through partnership with PELUM Uganda we have been equipped with adequate capacity to implement the Climate Resilient Agro-systems Model (CREAM).

A2N utilizes proven approaches to environmental issues effectively build motivation, self-confidence and collaboration which are key requirements for collective action in conserving and restoring the environment.

HIV/AIDS and COVID 19 pandemic are heavily impacting on the organization and the communities, as such behavioural and attitude change is desirable. We have developed effective strategies for creating awareness, making referrals, counselling